I just read Steve Hammer’s column (“Outlawing the Poor,” Jan. 18-25), and I am glad he feels so good about himself by giving a homeless guy $5. Don’t pat yourself too hard on your back. If you are so concerned about the homeless why don’t you give $5 to every person who comes to you for a handout? Or maybe you could open up your home to a few homeless people until they get back on their feet? I bet you are not so willing to do that.

I have been unemployed a few times on my life, but didn’t panhandle. Why can’t the homeless go to a temporary service for work as I did? Yes, I do hope the city rids [us] of these vagrants. I don’t like getting approached for a handout by some liar. Martin Luther King would be appalled today seeing the laziness and conning by these men on the streets. I don’t make a lot of money, but I donate to organizations that are worthy of help, and a liar on the street is not one of them. You are not going to get the American dream by asking for handouts.

Terry Rice

Indianapolis

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